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What is artificial about ethical AI in legal industry – Everything

By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

Are you a data security weak link?

By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

Inter-branch services – Employee Cost

By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

Real Estate Disputes

By Malcolm Simpson What’s the current extent of disputes currently surfacing in the real estate sector? What are some of the most common causes of dispute? To what extent are tough economic conditions and increasing project complexity fuelling real estate disputes? To answer these questions and more, Malcolm Simpson Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP offers […]

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Fast-track negligence pilot takes off

A pioneering fast-track scheme aimed at making medical negligence cases fairer and quicker has been launched in Birmingham. Two leading Birmingham medical negligence firms are behind the scheme which was inspired by Lord Woolf’s civil justice inquiry. Partner Stuart Knowles and litigation manager Fiona Hawker, from the Lewington partnership, and Richard Follis, a partner at […]

Knocking on debt's door

Not long ago, the decision over whether to use the High Court or county court for debt recovery was easy. With limited exceptions, claims over £600 were made in the High Court – it was quicker, had better control of paperwork and had a sheriff who was more successful in enforcement than his county court […]

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CONTRARY to first impressions, Burges Salmon partner Bob Smyth is not a shipping lawyer. But the head of the firm’s environmental unit was out to make a point when he set off to work in a rowing boat. To mark ‘Bristol Walk to Work Day’ recently, he and 44 other members of the firm resolved […]

UK victorious over free trade

THE LAW Society has claimed victory after MEPs voted overwhelmingly to free restrictions on lawyers working abroad. The draft directive on rights of establishment passed its first reading at the European Parliament on Wednesday last week by 449 votes to 23. The directive still has to be approved by the Council of Ministers, but according […]

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